Why go on placement?
Each year over 50% of students at the University of Surrey choose to do a Professional Training placement, and the benefits vary from person to person.
Why go on placement? - watch students' video on YouTube
Some common benefits experienced by students across the board are listed below:
- gaining confidence, maturity and motivation
- providing focus for their final year of study
- confirming their career path
- opening their eyes to opportunities they had never previously considered
- showing them jobs that they would or would not do in the future
The best way to find out about what Professional Training is really about, is to hear it from the students themselves. Student profiles have been written by returning students many of which purely say “I would definitely recommend it!”. To read more visit our Student Profile pages.
Professional Training placements not only provide you with experience within the 'real world' of work but they also provide opportunities for developing skills such as:
- interview technique
- CV and cover letter writing
- oral presentations
- poster presentations
- meeting organisation
- project management
- time management
- report writing
- and many more......
Students can gain a huge amount from their placements, and the age old saying of 'you get out what you put in' really does apply. Employer's can tell the difference between students who have completed a Professional Training year and those who haven't.
“Graduates who have undertaken an industrial placement are able to ‘hit the ground running’ much faster than those who have no or little experience”
WACE Employer Award Winner 2007
“It has made me realise what I am capable of and made me eager to work”
“It has enabled me to see that I have more options than I originally thought”